Cape County and Indiana Extend Face Covering Mandates

Aug 26, 2020

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Board is extending its Face-Covering Order until September 22 for businesses and residents of the County.

Health board officials say the decision to issue and extend the Face-Covering Order was not taken lightly. They say multiple factors were considered including the positivity rate of testing, increasing regional hospitalization rates, increasing active cases in Cape County, and the Southeast Region.

Cape Girardeau County has over 160 active cases of COVID-19.

Indiana’s governor is extending the statewide face mask order that he first issued a month ago aimed at slowing the COVID-19 spread.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he was keeping the mask mandate in place for another 30 days. Holcomb said he was also extending the state’s limits crowd sizes for restaurants, bars and public events.

Those orders were all set to expire late Wednesday unless the governor acted. Holcomb said he was pleased that the state’s rates of new coronavirus cases have been holding steady and he doesn't want to see it trending up again.